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First Reformed

Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

Played at

Music Hall, 6.29.18 - 7.19.18
Royal, 6.22.18 - 6.28.18
Ahrya Fine Arts, 6.15.18 - 6.21.18
NoHo 7, 6.01.18 - 6.14.18
Claremont 5, 6.01.18 - 6.21.18
Rated R Closed Captioning Available Closed Captioning Available
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 113 min
Language: English
FEATURED REVIEW: Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
‘First Reformed,” a mesmerizingly austere drama of one man’s apocalyptic crisis of faith, feels like the movie Paul Schrader was put on this planet to make. As a tense study in spiritual pain and its ultimate release, this handsome production is of a piece with Schr...